06-11-2019 01:27 PM
I got a call from the school this morning. They found out this morning that my 10 yr old son had taken another child's lunch order money yesterday. The child didn't get their lunch and told the teacher. They were able to deduce who it might have been and that's when my son fessed up and returned the money. So he was going to spend it if he'd gotten away with it. This morning he was sent to the Principal's office and they had a word with him about how disappointed they were etc. They asked him more information, he didn't say why he did it but he said he took the order, pocketed the money and threw out the paper bag.
He's usually quiet at school and known to be friendly and kind, the teacher had expressed this to be uncharacteristic of him and as such the discipline handed out was detention and removal from class responsibilities/jobs particularly anything involving money. Unfortunately, as his parents we know otherwise - he has taken money from us before (never from others) last year he took some money from my husband's wallet and it's always because he wants to spend it at the canteen and buy his friends and himself some treats. We thought it was over and he had grown out of it/matured and learnt to do the right thing. We thought he'd learnt that buying popularity/friends will lead to disappointment and pain and that stealing is wrong, he's not entitled to what he took.
I've been crying my eyes out feeling like I've failed him and am so ashamed. I'm in fear of what judgements will be made against him and our family and I especially worry about the impact it may have on his younger brother at the same school by other kids and parents. I'm not sure how to approach him to get him to talk to me and how to discipline him. I'm catastrophising and need to calm down - being blindsided and put on the spot by the principal is very intimidating! I just really feel torn between being upset with my son and being protective, wanting to ensure my boys are ok and they learn from this...
06-13-2019 12:34 PM
Hey there @Tazzie and welcome to the forums
I'm sorry to hear about what happened recently. It can be really hard when people we love fall back into bad habits, it doesn't mean that it's your fault. Have you had a chance to speak to either of your sons yet?
I was also wondering, have you had a chance to speak to anyone else about the situation? A great place to contact if you're unsure or don't want to reach out to friends or family is ParentLine 1300 30 1300, if you're interested.
We're here to listen
06-13-2019 02:34 PM - edited 06-13-2019 02:49 PM
You are NOT A FAILURE.
Looking at this from the outside..
First... your son is 10 and that is an age when you are still working out how the world works.
Second... It is natural to want to protect our children but sometimes protecting them can not be best for them in the long run to let them face the consequences of their actions.
In this case .. It is probably best your son got caught and as a result got to understand there are negative consequences for some actions. Goodness knows I got plenty of them at his age (and older) courtesy of school discipline system.
It's a big positive that his teacher had expressed this to be uncharacteristic of him which means he this is not what he is normally like.
If your son is already feeling the impact of the detention and removal from class responsibilities I would avoid additional action. You want him focused on what he did not resenting double punishments.
I would also be focusing on holding him accountable for what he does moving forward. With both positive rewards as well and punishments if required for his action .
Everyone is entitled to learn from a few bad decisions, the key is to making sure he is learning and it sounds like that is well in hand.
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